The Elite ladies’ crew from Sudbury Rowing Club competed on the Tideway, the same 6.8km course as the Boat Race, in the prestigious Head of the River event.
The race is rowed in eights, with around 300 crews entering, including many from universities and clubs from across the country, foreign crews and even members of the GB rowing squad, including Katherine Grainger, Helen Glover and Heather Stanning, stars from London 2012.
This is a time trial event with crews being set off down the course every 10 seconds, battling to set the best time possible in this test of fitness, rowing skill, and navigation.
For almost a year, preparations were made to put together a ladies’ crew to achieve a good result, training hard through the winter on dark, early mornings, in cold and tough training regimes.
The memories of winter training were washed away with euphoria when the crew achieved the best result in the history of the club, coming 76th out off 298 crews, in a time of 22 minutes and 25 seconds.
Coach Chris Jillings said: “The crew deserve their result after all the hard work, dedication and long training hours they have posted both on the water and in the gym over the winter. I know I speak for the whole club when I say that we are all proud of their achievement and I’m sure we will see more impressive results from these crew members when they undertake their summer racing programme.”
The SRC crew was Bryony Dixon, Emily Morton, Kimonie Sturgeon, Melissa Murton, Lara Thomas, Jenny Spencer, Sarah Jane Gibbons and Rebecca Minnich. Cox was Tricia McGrillen.